Concussions in Youth Athletes - Alabama
The Alabama law is located at §22-11E-1 through §22-11E-2 of the Alabama Code under the title dealing with health, mental health and environmental control laws. (Ala. Code § 22-11E-1 through § 22-11E-2).
Alabama law requires each local school system and the governing body of each sport or recreational organization to develop concussion guidelines and provide concussion training and education to parents/guardians and athletes and that the parents/guardians sign a concussion information sheet annually before participation in practice or competition. The law also requires each local school system and the governing body of each sport or recreational organization to ensure that coaches be trained about concussions. Finally, any youth athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion or brain injury must be immediately removed from the game or practice and may not return to play the day of the injury and until evaluated by a licensed doctor and receiving written clearance.
The terms “youth athlete,” “sports organization,” and “recreational organization” are not defined in this statute or anywhere else in the Code.
Sections 22-11E-1 through 22-11E-2 may be viewed online at:
http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/ACASLoginfire.asp *click the top menu item labeled “Resources and the link for “Code of Alabama”, then click “View Code of Alabama” on the left, click on Title 22 on the left, then click Title I on main page and page down to Chapter 11 E clicking on the link to view either section) .